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Armed robber fires shot into Vaughan carpet store wall

Two suspects attempted to flee in a 1999 blue Ford Mustang, but a store employee blocked the vehicle, forcing them to flee on foot
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Investigators with the York Regional Police Hold-Up Unit are seeking public assistance in identifying two suspects following an armed robbery in the City of Vaughan.

On Saturday, March 9, 2019, at approximately 11:15 p.m., officers responded to a carpet store located on Yonge Street south of Highway 407. Officers learned that two male suspects had entered the store with a gun and demanded cash. While inside the store, the male with the gun fired a shot into the wall before leaving the store.

The suspects attempted to flee in a 1999 blue Ford Mustang, but one of the store employees blocked the vehicle in and the suspects fled on foot. The vehicle has been recovered and is being analyzed for evidence. No one was physically injured during the incident.

Suspect 1 is described as:

  • Male
  • Dark complexion
  • Medium build
  • Wearing glasses, grey track pants, white Nike running shoes, dark winter coat with a hood, white T-shirt and was not wearing gloves.

Suspect 2 is described as:

  • Male
  • Light complexion
  • Shorter than suspect 1
  • Wearing a light and dark-coloured hooded jacket, grey track pants, dark shoes, a black cloth covering his face and a black glove on his right hand.
  • Carrying a black handgun in his right hand.

The investigation is ongoing. Investigators from the Hold-Up Unit remind business owners of the importance of maintaining and updating video surveillance equipment. Quality images help to identify suspects, can aid in arrests and have a tremendous impact during court proceedings.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the York Regional Police Hold-Up Unit at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 6631, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-tips or leave an anonymous tip online.